Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.
Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales!
The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email email@example.com , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.
June 14th Moscow Drug Club
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few drinks and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt and Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes….
Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating and intimate musical experience.
Katya Gorrie (vocals)
Andy Crowdy (double bass)
Jonny Bruce (trumpet)
Mirek Salmon (accordion)
Andy Bowen (guitars).
Early booking advised!
July 12th Mark Armstrong Quintet
We are delighted to welcome the top-flight quintet of trumpeter Mark Armstrong to the Pavilion for our season finale!
Mark is one of our leading jazz trumpeters – “A glorious burnished tone and a relaxed intensity” (Richard Williams), “Pirouetting through Gillespie’s breaks quicker than a hummingbird’s wings” (Alyn Shipton). He’s a composer and arranger, Jazz Professor at the Royal College of Music and Artistic Director of NYJO.
Mark’s Quintet also features Dave O’Higgins (a great joy to welcome Dave back to the Pavilion again!) with the wonderful rhythm section of John Turville on piano and Matt Skelton on drums, and Marianne guesting on bass.
The quintet will play original material in a modern swing style and some choice standards from the jazz canon – their music is characterised by lyrical, energetic improvisation and propulsive swing.
Early booking advised!